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Eddie Jones (rugby union)

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones Rugby.jpg
Date of birth (1960-01-30) 30 January 1960 (age 59)
Place of birthTasmania, Australia
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[citation needed]
SchoolMatraville Sports High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Randwick ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1987–1989 New South Wales 12 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
Tokai University
Japan (Assistant)
Suntory Sungoliath
Saracens (Consultant)
South Africa (Assistant)
Suntory Sungoliath

Eddie Jones (born 30 January 1960)[1] is an Australian rugby union coach and former player, who has been the head coach of the England national team since 2015. He previously coached Australia between 2001 and 2005, taking the team to the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. He was an assistant coach for South Africa when the Springboks won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and from 2012 to 2015 he coached Japan, leading them in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and their upset win over South Africa.[2]

Jones played as a hooker for Sydney club Randwick and New South Wales and began coaching Randwick in 1994. He continued his career in Japan between 1995 and 1997 for Tokai University, as an assistant to the Japanese national side and for Suntory Sungoliath. In 1998 he returned to Australia, taking charge of ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby and also coached the Queensland Reds in the 2007 Super Rugby season. In 2008, he had a brief spell at Saracens in England's Premiership Rugby, before returning to Japan and Suntory Sungoliath for a second spell which culminated in winning the 2011–12 Top League championship.

Personal life

He was born in Burnie, Tasmania, to a Japanese American mother and an Australian father.[3] He is married to Hiroko Jones, a Japanese woman whom he met while teaching at the International Grammar School in Sydney.[4] They have a daughter, Chelsea Jones.[5]

Playing career

Jones's playing career began at Matraville Sports High School.[6] He played as a hooker for Randwick and New South Wales.[7] Jones played against the British and Irish Lions for New South Wales B in 1989.[8] He also made three appearances for Leicester during the 1991/92 season in England. He retired to concentrate on a career as a teacher and school principal.[9]

Coaching career

Early coaching career

In 1994 Jones gave up his career as a teacher and school principal to coach his former club Randwick. Then he went to Japan where he had brief stints coaching Tokai University, Japan (as assistant coach) and Suntory Sungoliath.

ACT Brumbies

Jones returned to Australia in 1998 to coach the ACT Brumbies. Jones had a disappointing first season only finishing 10th in the Super 12 his first season in charge; he has since said he was "way out of his depth" in his first season.[10]

However Jones went on to lead the Brumbies into the best period of their history. In 2000, the Brumbies were runners up, losing the final to the Crusaders, but in 2001 he coached them to their first title, the first team from outside New Zealand to win the tournament. Notably, while with the Brumbies, it was Jones who was credited with discovering George Smith while at a trial for a Rugby league team, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.


In 2001, he coached Australia A to a win over the touring British and Irish Lions. This success led to his appointment as head coach of the Australian national rugby union team, the Wallabies, after Rod Macqueen retired. Under Jones, Australia won the 2001 Tri Nations. Australia entered their home World Cup in 2003 as third favourites behind New Zealand and England. They managed to upset the All Blacks in the semi final before losing to England in the final in extra time through a last minute drop goal.

After the World Cup, Jones was awarded a contract to lead Australia through to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He also had an offer to coach Japan that was turned down.[11]

In 2005, the Wallabies suffered a spate of injuries, losing seven games straight. At the end of their European tour they lost eight of the last nine matches, with the scrum in particular struggling. After a 22-24 loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium, on 2 December 2005 his contract was terminated as the Wallabies head coach.[12] While the Australian Rugby Union had ordered a report into the Wallabies after the season, including a review of Jones's position as head coach, it has been speculated that the Wallabies' loss to Wales prompted Jones dismissal before the investigation had even begun.

Post Wallabies

Just over a month after Jones was relieved of his position as Wallabies head coach, he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds to take over as head coach after the 2006 Super 14 season. In February 2006 he joined Saracens in a consultancy role until the end of the season to help them after they were struggling near the bottom of the league.[13]

Jones endured a torrid season at the Reds in 2007, who finished bottom of the Super 14 table, only managing two wins the entire season. Injury spells meant Jones at times had to do without up to 8 regulars in his starting team, including the loss of influential Wallabies fullback Chris Latham even before the season started. His last match was an away defeat to the Bulls by a Super Rugby record margin of 89 points, which led to mounting calls in the media for him to be sacked.[14] His stint at the Reds is by far the least successful of his coaching career and he resigned after just one season in charge.[15] During his time at the Reds he was also fined $10,000 dollars for calling the performance of referee Matt Goddard "disgraceful" and "lacking common sense" after a close 6-3 loss to his former side the Brumbies.[16]

South Africa

Later in 2007, he turned down an approach from Fiji to be a technical advisor to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, and instead was appointed by Springbok coach Jake White to be the technical advisor of the South African team at the tournament.[17] He was criticised by the ARU Chief Executive John O'Neill for taking up a job to try to help Australia's rivals.[18]

South Africa went on to win the World Cup and Jones was praised for his role in the success, with former coach Nick Mallett calling the move from White to appoint him a "masterstroke" and crediting him with improved backline play by South Africa at the tournament.[19] Jones was an official part of the Springbok coaching team, but because he isn't South African, he was not given a Springbok blazer - instead Jones wore his tracksuit, a condition in his contract with SA Rugby prior to being appointed.

After the World Cup, Jones rejoined Saracens, initially in an advisory role, before taking over the director of rugby role for the 2008/09 season.[20] However he announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season due to "personal reasons", in February,[21] then quit early in March 2009 after disagreements with the board; he described the period as the worst he has had in rugby.[22]

Return to Japan (2009–2015)

After leaving Saracens, Jones rejoined Suntory Sungoliath in Japan. He brought together a strong team, including George Smith, Fourie du Preez and Danie Rossouw, whom he had coached previously, and led them to victory in the Top League title in 2012, winning the final 47–28 against the Panasonic Wild Knights, alongside two consecutive All Japan Championship wins.

Following the resignation of Sir John Kirwan, Jones was appointed in 2012 as head coach of the Japan national rugby union team, to lead them to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[23] Jones quickly took the team in a different direction to Kirwan. His first move as the Japan coach was to reduce the number of foreigners, who had been prominent in the Japan team under Kirwan, and to try and encourage the Japanese to play their own style.[24] He also said his goal was to bring Japan up a level, to be among the top 10.[25]

Despite losing all three of his first Pacific Nations Cup matches by narrow margins, in November 2012 Jones coached the side to their first ever wins in Europe, beating Romania and Georgia.

In 2013, Jones led Japan to their sixth consecutive championship win in the Asian Five Nations, where they achieved a tournament record score of 121–0 against the Philippines. Japan later lost to Tonga in the opening round of the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, which was followed by a defeat by Fiji in round 2. Following these matches, Jones coached the Brave Blossoms to a series draw against Wales after narrowly losing the first test 18–22 and winning the second test 23–8. This was the first time Japan had recorded a victory over the Welsh.

On 16 October, Jones was hospitalised for 2 days after a suspected stroke.[26][27] With his release from hospital, it was announced that he would miss Japan's 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests against New Zealand, Scotland, Gloucester, Russia and Spain, and former Australia skills coach and that current technical adviser for Japan, Scott Wisemantel, would coach Japan in the interim for their 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests.[28]

In 2014, Jones secured Japan's seventh consecutive Asian Five Nations title, before jointly winning the 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup with Fiji. Japan won the Asia/Pacific conference with victories over Canada 34–25 and the United States 37–29. In June that year, Japan claimed a 26–23 victory over Italy, which was Japan's tenth consecutive win, a record for a Tier 2 Nation. During the 2014 end-of-year rugby union internationals, Japan lost their series with the Māori All Blacks 2–0, but went on to secure an 18–13 win over Romania. Following this victory, Japan rose to ninth in the World Rankings, their highest ever position, and achieved Jones's aim of reaching the top 10 in the world.

In 2015, after securing the 2015 Asian Rugby Championship, Japan suffered three consecutive losses in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup. After beating Canada 20–6, they lost to the United States, Fiji and Tonga to finish fourth with just 1 win. Japan later went on to beat Uruguay twice and Georgia in World Cup Warm-up matches. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Japan managed an upset win over South Africa with a spectacular last minute try in their first pool match, finishing the match 34–32, an incredible victory with bold determination.[29] However, 4-days later, Japan went down to Scotland 45–10, despite still being in the game at half time. A week later, Japan secured a record victory over Samoa, winning 26–5, which guaranteed a top 3 finish for Japan in the pool. In the final match of the pool stage, Japan beat the United States 28–18, which meant Japan became the first ever nation to record three victories in the pool stage, and fail to advance to the knock out stage.[30] That 28–18 victory was Jones' last in charge of Japan.

The Stormers

After completing his duties at the helm of the Japan national rugby union team at the Rugby World Cup 2015, Jones joined Super Rugby franchise The Stormers in Cape Town. On 19 November 2015, only 8 days after joining the Stormers, Jones was signed by England Rugby to become their first foreign head coach by replacing Stuart Lancaster. Due to a break clause in his agreement with the Stormers, the RFU paid a compensation figure £100,000 to release him from his contract. In November 2015 Jones became one of the highest paid head coaches in world rugby.[31][32]


Jones was named as the new England head coach on 20 November 2015.[33] He agreed a four-year deal to become England's first foreign head coach, that would see him lead the English through the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[34][35] This deal was later extended by two-years subject to England's performance at the World Cup.[36]

Jones brought in Steve Borthwick, who also coached Japan with him, from Bristol, and Paul Gustard from Saracens as his assistant coaches. The coaching team led England to their first Grand Slam since 2003, having beaten all their opponents in the 2016 Six Nations Championship. They opened with a 15–9 win over Scotland before seeing out Italy 40–9.

In Jones' first home game, he led England to a 21–10 victory over Ireland, before going onto beat Wales 25–21 a week later - at one point they led the Welsh 19–0, though conceded 3 tries in the second half. England secured the Championship on 13 March when Scotland beat France, which meant England was going into the final round having already secured the title. A 31–21 victory over France in the final game of the 2016 Championship, saw England win their first Grand Slam since 2003.[37]

He then took his English side to tour Australia for a three-test series against the Wallabies, which saw England win the series 3–0, this was England's first ever three-test series victory. In the first test, England scored their most points against Australia when they won 39–28. The second test saw England win their third consecutive match against Australia on Australian soil, winning 23–7, a record winning margin for a game on Australian soil. The final test confirmed the whitewash, winning 44–40. During the series, Jones had led England from 4th in the world to 2nd. During the 2016 Autumn Internationals, he led England through to their 14th consecutive win, 13 under him, and became just the second team behind New Zealand to win all their games in a calendar year. He guided England to a 37–21 win over South Africa, their first win over the Springboks since 2006. England later saw off Fiji 58–15, before beating Argentina 27–14 a week later- the latter was managed despite having a player sent off after 5 minutes. They finished the Autumn tests with a 37–21 win over Australia.

During the 2017 Six Nations Championship, Jones suffered his first defeat as English head coach when England travelled to Dublin in the final week of the Championship. They lost 13–9 in what could have seen England win their second consecutive grand slam and a record 19th consecutive win. England did however win the Championship with wins over France (19–16), Wales (21–16), Italy (36–15) and Scotland (61–21). In June 2017, Jones took an inexperienced side on a two-test series to Argentina which included 18 uncapped players 8 of whom were 20 years old or younger. Despite this, England won the series 2–0 with a 38–34 victory in the first test followed by a 35–25 victory in the second. England continued their form during the 2017 Autumn Internationals, winning all three of their tests, 21–8 against Argentina, 30–6 against Australia and 48–14 over Samoa.

The 2018 Six Nations Championship saw England finish in their worst ever position in the Six Nations, or their worst since the 1983 Five Nations Championship, finishing fifth in the table with just victories over Italy (46–15) and Wales (12–6). England's losses to Scotland, France and Ireland meant they lost three consecutive matches for the first time since 2014. Their loss to Scotland was their first since 2010, and their loss to Ireland was their first at home since the same year. A 45-63 loss against the Barbarians followed in May of the same year, with former England international Chris Ashton scoring a hat-trick of tries against his former team-mates. England's run of defeats continued into the June test series, losing the first and second test to South Africa during their three-test series. However, England avoided a 3–0 series defeat, after winning the third test 25–10 to claim their first win in South Africa since 2000. With former All Blacks and USA Eagles coach John Mitchell joining the coaching team as defence coach, England achieved a return win (11-12) against South Africa in their 2018 Autumn Test, in a tightly contested match. Another close-fought test against New Zealand followed the week after, again finishing with a single-point difference in the scoreline (15-16), this time to the New Zealanders. England then won their remaining autumn tests against Japan (35-15) and Australia (37-18). The win against The Wallabies was the team's sixth consecutive win over the Australians, continuing a perfect record over Jones's former team during his tenure.[38]

England drew 38-38 to Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations Championship, which saw Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup after coming back from 31-0 shortly before halftime and score 6 tries in a row to make it 31-38 to Scotland. The game eventually ended 38-38). Eddie Jones claimed that England had a serious mental issue that needed fixing after a similar incident three weeks before against Wales. The 38-38 draw is currently the highest scoring draw in international rugby history.

Coaching statistics


Australian international matches as head coach

Note: World Rankings Column shows the World Ranking Australia was placed at on the following Monday after each of their matches

Australian record by country

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio (%) For Against
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 100 41 14
 England 7 2 0 5 029 165 158
 France 6 3 0 3 050 140 139
 Ireland 4 3 0 1 075 101 64
 Italy 2 2 0 0 100 103 24
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 100 142 0
 New Zealand 11 5 0 6 045 201 246
Pacific Islanders 1 1 0 0 100 29 14
 Romania 1 1 0 0 100 90 8
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100 74 7
 Scotland 5 5 0 0 100 164 75
 South Africa 12 4 1 7 033 283 267
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100 92 10
 Wales 3 2 0 1 067 73 47
TOTAL 57 33 1 23 058 1698 1073

Australian honours


Japanese international matches as head coach

Note: World Rankings Column shows the World Ranking Japan was placed at on the following Monday after each of their matches

Japanese record by country

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio (%) For Against
 Canada 3 3 0 0 100 70 44
 Fiji 3 0 0 3 000 49 74
 Georgia 3 2 0 1 067 62 67
 Hong Kong 5 4 1 0 080 195 8
 Italy 1 1 0 0 100 26 23
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 100 87 0
 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 000 6 54
 Philippines 2 2 0 0 100 220 10
 Romania 2 2 0 0 100 52 36
 Russia 1 1 0 0 100 40 13
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 067 85 46
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 000 27 87
 South Africa 1 1 0 0 100 34 32
 South Korea 5 5 0 0 100 300 58
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100 40 7
 Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 100 132 10
 Tonga 3 0 0 3 000 57 82
 United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 100 199 6
 United States 4 3 0 1 075 121 90
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 100 70 8
 Wales 2 1 0 1 050 41 30
TOTAL 48 34 1 13 071 1913 785

Japanese honours


English international matches as head coach

Note: World Rankings Column shows the World Ranking England was placed at on the following Monday after each of their matches

English record by country

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio (%) For Against
 Argentina 5 5 0 0 100 160 91
 Australia 7 7 0 0 100 250 136
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 100 58 15
 France 5 3 1 1 060 110 67
 Ireland 5 3 0 2 060 134 82
 Italy 5 5 0 0 100 216 53
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100 35 15
 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 000 15 16
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100 48 14
 Scotland 4 2 1 1 050 127 93
 South Africa 5 3 0 2 060 125 107
 Tonga 1 1 0 0 100 35 3
 United States 1 1 0 0 100 45 7
 Wales 7 5 0 2 071 131 96
TOTAL 49 38 2 9 078 1489 795

English honours

Goldman Sachs

In November 2015 Jones was appointed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to the bank's advisory board in Japan. The board comprises people from the public and private sector and was created in 2001 to advise Goldman Sachs on business, regulatory, and public policy issues in Japan. Masanori Mochida, president of Goldman Sachs Japan Co stated that "Goldman Sachs will benefit from his unrivaled leadership and his ability to bring together a multi-cultural team".[39]

Other honours


Japan (as assistant coach)



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Australia Rod Macqueen
Australia National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
Australia John Connolly
Preceded by
New Zealand John Kirwan
Japan National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
Japan Ryuji Nakatake
Preceded by
England Stuart Lancaster
England National Rugby Union Coach
2015 – present
Succeeded by